A Round-Up of the Best 5 IOS Board Game Apps

I recently did a round-up of some of the best board game apps available for android users. We saw how the Google Play Market has continued to get healthy from the new additions that have been inspired by board games.

Generally, it’s important that we’re today seeing a good number of board game designers and publishers working together with mobile game developers to come up with digital adaptation of some of the most popular titles in tabletop gaming.

According to the developers behind these massive project, they have been looking forward to tap into the tools on our smartphones and tablets to ensure we all have helpful apps to assist board games.

And just like on Android devices, here is another round-up on some of the best board games for IOS.

1. Agricola

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The app version of this games has often been described as a “worker placement” type of board game mechanic.

The game is basically a farming sim set in 17th century Europe, with no virtual currency, no timers, and the only individuals whose farms you’ll be taking note of are those of the 0 – 4 opponents you’re playing against.

Your ultimate aim is to build the most impressive farm by the end of the game that is an ideally abstract way of relating victory points. The game starts with two farm workers living in a wooden house with two separate rooms. You’ll have to work hard to impress your bosses who will upgrade your houses and make it conducive for your growing family, and other property such as livestock

According to Pocket Tactics:

“Agricola is a worker-placement game in which you will assign members of your family to collect resources and build improvements while attempting to prevent your opponents from doing the same. This is done over a series of rounds in which a new action is opened up each turn, thus expanding the game as you get deeper and deeper. After a certain number of rounds, a Harvest begins and you better have enough food for your growing family (yes, there’s a “Family Growth” action that ends up not being as hot as it sounds) or you’ll have to go begging, which loses you points. After a labyrinthine scoring phase, the winner is the one with the most productive, and varied farm.”

2. Lord of Waterdeep

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If you do prefer to have some fantasy in your worker placement games, then Lords of Waterdeep can be a great option for you.

This game is built by the same developers behind Agricola, hence you would expect to have some good touch of worker placement experience. It’s set in the titular city, with classic Dungeons and Dragons RPG elements.

According to the developers:

“Lords of Waterdeep on iOS brings Wizards of the Coast’s award-winning board game to iOS devices. Players will be able to enjoy games against the computer, friends or the online community through Playdek’s real-time and asynchronous game servers.

A strategy board game for 2-5 players, you take on the role of one of the masked Lords of Waterdeep, secret rulers of the city. Through your agents, you recruit adventurers to go on quests on your behalf, earning rewards and increasing your influence over the city.

Expand the city by purchasing new buildings that open up new actions on the board, and hinder — or help — the other lords by playing Intrigue cards to enact your carefully laid plans.”

Players are required to recruit and deploy agents across the city in efforts to recruit heroes on missions. Each hero recruited is assigned a task based on their capabilities and each victory comes with victory points.

3. Tickets to Ride

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This game was the first European style board game to gain widespread popularity in the US.

Players collect colored card to build sprawling railway routes to connect different cities in the US and some parts of Canada. Each gameplay sees a player either selecting two cars, own a line by spending, or acquire new tickets that contests players to connect two cities before the first player runs out of cars.

The longer the distance between the two cities that higher the victory points. Besides, the player who builds the longest railway route earns extra victory points.

According to ADWEEK’s report on this mobile version:

“In Ticket to Ride, players work to connect cities via railroad lines by collecting colored cards which match the colorful railroad markings on each map. Players can only claim tracks on the map when they’ve collected the necessary cards in their hand, and players may need to change their strategy or train route between two cities if another player claims a specific track first.”

4. Splendor

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Have you played deck-builder? Well, splendor is one game that is heavily strategic just like deck-builder.

You’re on a mission to build a reputation as a master gem-cutter and contest for the attention of wealthy lords. Each turn, you accumulate colored gems or use them to collect cards which can always add to your chip pool and earn prestigious points.

As you continue to amass the wealth, you’ll progressively win favors of loads and ladies

According to the developers:

“Splendor is an addictive strategy turn-based card game, where players assume the role of wealthy Renaissance merchants, exploiting mines and caravans, hiring craftsmen and leveraging their influence with the nobility. The goal is to get the biggest gem network and become the most influential merchant.”

5. Dream Quest

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This game is a smart mix of deck building and rouge-like dungeon crawling. Players have a basic character with a collection of cards for beginners that are necessary to explore dungeons, discover treasure and improve the deck by unlocking new cards for other encounters.

According to Pocket Tactics:

“Dream Quest takes some of gaming’s hottest and most novel elements and joins them together in a tremendously unsophisticated-looking package: it’s a deckbuilding rogue-like dungeon-crawler which unlocks content as you progress across playthroughs. As far as the package it all comes in — let’s just say that it emphasizes that packaging isn’t the game’s focus.

NB: some of apps are available for both android and IOS devices, so you can take a look at our round-up on the android apps here.

Conclusion

Smartphone users are today using their handheld devices for more than just business purposes, and many app developers and mobile service providers have been focusing on improving the end-user experience.

Thanks to this positive spirit, mobile gaming has now become popular with the mobile masses. Besides, it’s fortunate that board game designers and mobile apps developer have now joined hands to bring these new board game apps to improve the gamers’ experience.

With different types of smartphones available in the market today, their features and facilities are being used positively by the gaming industry to tap into the mobile browsing and downloading experience through mobile gaming.

And considering several factors, there are several game publishers and developer who are yet to invest in this project that will additionally help sustain the initial mobile gaming explosion.

Bonus Video:

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